Board of Directors
Megan Gradek, President
Megan is one of the founding members of the Peachtree City Rowing Club. Megan started dancing at the age of 4 and continued to perform classical ballet until her sophomore year of college, when she met Quinton, who persuaded her to give rowing a try. Megan joined the novice crew team at Boston College and never looked back. She continued rowing after college at Potomac Boat Club in Washington, DC while working full time for PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1997, Megan earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Championships in France at part of the inaugural lightweight women's quadruple sculls event. After moving to Georgia, Megan was an assistant coach at Emory University. Megan is a Managing Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers' National Risk Management Group. Megan still enjoys rowing and competing. Megan and Quinton have three children, Caden, Brielle and Dylan.
Mark Tremblay, Vice President
Born and raised in New England, Mark began his rowing career at the Joe 'Okie' O'Connor in 1988. He rowed competitively for four years as a heavyweight sweep rower earning medals at regattas from Boston to Miami Beach to San Diego. Mark continues to row with other Masters most recently at the Head of the Potomac, Occoquan, and Chattahoochee races. While not rowing, Mark enjoys both indoor and outdoor recreational activities in Peachtree City and Fayette county with his wife and daughter, Pamela and Trinity.
Dennis Parker, Treasurer
Dennis Parker was born in Fort Payne, AL but spent his childhood in multiple cities across the Southeast. He is a graduate of the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama. Dennis is a Senior Vice President with SunTrust Investment Services Inc., where he leverages his twenty two years of
experience in the wealth management sector to help families and institutions meet their financial goals.
Dennis, his wife Sharon, and their five daughters moved to Newnan in 2005 because they found Coweta and Fayette counties to be outstanding areas in which to raise a family. Dennis became aware of the Peachtree City Rowing Club when four of his daughters attended a Learn to Row session during the summer of 2017. After that initial experience, one of his daughters decided to join the Junior Club. Another daughter followed later that year. Dennis watched the significant positive benefits it made not just to their physical fitness, but to their social maturity and an overall confidence. Those benefits extend
far beyond their time on the water. This inspired him to do what he can to support the organization. Dennis is an active member/volunteer with Southside Church and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Coweta. In addition to work and various volunteer activities, Dennis really enjoys spending time with his family.
Taylor Miller, Public Relations
Growing up in New Jersey, Taylor was first introduced to rowing during her freshman year of high school. Taylor rowed all four years at Atlantic City High School and was the team captain. She currently holds the 2k record for the girls' program. Taylor attended the University of Virginia on a rowing athletic scholarship. During her time there, UVA won the Rowing National Championships twice. Unfortunately due to a rib injury, Taylor was not able to row competitively part of her junior year and all of her senior year. At the start of her senior year, she became the assistant coach for the novice team. That team went on to win all races and ACCs that season. After undergrad, Taylor received her master's in speech-language pathology. Since then, she has continued her involvement with rowing by volunteer coaching from time to time and also by supporting and traveling with her husband, Matt, to national and international regattas when he was on the US National Team from 2014-2016. She and her husband moved to Newnan from Charlottesville, VA in May 2018 and are excited to have found a rowing community here in PTC! Taylor and Matt are looking forward to the birth of their first child in September 2018!
Kathy Avidano, Secretary
As a Peachtree City resident for 13 years, Kathy is passionate about this town and the opportunities and experiences that it has to offer. Prior to moving to PTC she was an elementary school teacher and earned her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with the hopes of becoming a school principal. Family life took her in a different direction and out of the classroom. She now manages a team of 12 Course Facilitators for a company that provides online classes for teacher recertification . Rowing has been a family affair even before the inception of PTCRC. Her sister rowed for Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Her son Mason is a founding team member of the club and began rowing in August of 2016.
Matt Miller, Special Advisor
Matt started his rowing career as a freshman at West Springfield High School in Northern Virginia. He went on to row at the University of Virginia, where he majored in Systems and Information Engineering. Upon graduation, Matt rowed for Potomac Boat Club while working in the Washington DC area. From 2014-2016, he was a member of the United States National Rowing Team and went on to represent the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, racing in the men’s coxless four event. The placed in 7th. In addition to the Olympics, Matt has raced in over 10 international rowing events such as Henley Royal Regatta, Rowing World Cups and Championships. After retiring from international rowing, Matt earned his MBA from the University of Virginia and now resides in Newnan, GA with his wife and daughter.